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Video: Jesse Ventura Defends MMA to Larry King, Does Surprisingly Well


(Props: MMA Fanhouse)

We’ve touched on the generation gap issue in MMA before, so we weren’t surprised to see Larry King, who is positively ancient, look a little lost when he talks about this "ultimate boxing" stuff.  Fortunately, Renaissance man Jesse Ventura is there to correct him — "’Ultimate fighting,’ you mean," — and even offers what appears to be an informed opinion on UFC 100, saying he loved it right up until Brock Lesnar made him feel "ashamed."  You and me both, Jesse.


But as advocates go, Ventura’s a pretty good one to have on your side.  He’s old enough to have some cred with King’s over-70 crowd, he was the governor of Minnesota (Lesnar’s home state), and he was in the greatest action movie ever made.  Even just that last one would be enough for me.

What’s great is that Ventura makes most of the same arguments we would, pointing out that boxing is actually more dangerous and that this is the true test to see who is the most complete fighter.  He also drops a pretty sweet line about not needing hand-to-hand combat when you’ve got a machine gun, immediately after which Larry King presumably nodded off and the interview had to be cut.

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  1. knightrida Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 03:36


    Brock wasn't THAT bad, man! I think you're overreacting a bit. Although if it was Frank Mir pulling the same antics I would be pretty disgusted. Frank is the real POS.
  2. RearNakedPoke Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 03:41


    i love the "stoner machine gun" comment...i have one and its my second fav next to my kalashnikov...
  3. NateGetsIrate Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 03:42


    Captain Freedom is the man!
  4. Spacebump Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 03:45


    "No eye techniques."
  5. ktfo Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 03:46


    Brock Lesnar has no stand up at all, for the 10 seconds the fight was on the feet he got worked. Lesnar will get owned by another big wrestler with decent stand-up, question is, who will that be?
  6. Seoul Brother Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 03:53


    Note to Pres. Obama: Jesse Ventura for Secretary of Defense. Now More Than Ever, Motherfuckers.
  7. Titos Head Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 04:02


    Time to let ol painless out the bag
  8. PurplePickle Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 04:11


    @ RearNakedPoke You really have an actual ClassIII belt fed Vietnam era Stoner? If you're not bullshitting, you go Poke, with your badass self. And fuck that old frog ass Larry King, he probably thought he was interviewing The Body about foxy boxing not 'Ultimate Boxing'. He's an old dried turd being held up by his suspenders.
  9. Casa de los pantelones Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 04:17


    lol@Seoul Brother!!
  10. RearNakedPoke Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 04:20


    yes i do. my job is great, i buy and sell weapons all day :)
  11. Seoul Brother Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 04:34


    And is it just me, or is Jesse rocking a "Bullet" haircut (balding mullet)?
  12. cm40 Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 04:38


    I don't care about the hype between Mir & Lesnar leading up to the fight. But once one beats the other that should be the end of it. I love when this sport shows people (casual fans) how honorable the athletes are. Most people are offended at Lesnar's actions after the fight because of the way he acted towards the FANS and A MAJOR SPONSOR. To give the finger to people that paid $1,000 to $5,000 and more per ticket to be there that night and those of us that pay $45 to watch the PPV it's bull***t to say Budlight doesn't pay him. Bud light pays good money to sponsor the UFC, they pay good money for advertising their product on the mat, on the clocks, on event programs, posters, and they buy advertising space on Spike and other networks showing TUF, Inside The UFC, UFN, and even on other shows like Unleashed on other networks during the year. Sponsors are the reason fighters are finally starting to make good money. Brock made $400,000 that night NOT including his pay per view bonus. That's way more than other fighters are getting paid and well over what fighters were getting paid 2 years ago before Bud light and Harley Davidson became sponsors. The UFC awarded $100,000 bonuses that night. Sponsors are the reason why. Leave the drama at the WWE for the kids and the adults that are entertained by scripted fighting.
  13. That_guy Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 04:42


    Poke, I hope you're referring to a PK or one it's derivatives and not an AK. As far as the body's comments, I think we, as MMA fans, should be happy that he is an advocate for the sport. Dana should probably be calling him and asking for help in NY.
  14. Seoul Brother Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 04:57


    @That_guy: Absofuckinglutely! You have to love a guy who is: a) A veteran b) A former Navy SeAL c) THE sexual tyrannosaurus from "Predator," d) A WWF veteran e) A well-spoke, admired former governor How can the press NOT love a guy like that?
  15. Harry Russo Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 05:00


    Disagree with Predator being the greatest action movie ever. It's very close between First Blood and Commando. Very hard to choose Commando's gratuitious violence and disregard to First Blood's heart and soulfulness...Also, Larry King is more than ancient, he is decrepit and cancerous. A living corpse.
  16. Seoul Brother Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 05:03


    Larry King is so decrepit, when the zombie apocalypse happens, he will be spared due to professional courtesy. He is more wrinkly than Yoda's hairy yambag.
  17. Biffmiester Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 05:06


    @Seoul Brother: Fuck that... why not President? This guy's the man, and he aint got no time to bleed.
  18. Rich S. Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 05:11


    Yeah, man, those eye techniques are serious business..
  19. Maitreyan disciple Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 05:14


    aka "skullet"
  20. Dante Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 05:17


    Ventura is the man, and he wears hogan's hairdo better.
  21. Seoul Brother Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 05:21


    @ Maitreyan disciple: Heh. Well said. I'm sure as shit not gonna take the piss out of Gov. Ventura for his "Bullet" or "Skullet." And in retrospect, I'd rather see Jesse Ventura as the CIA chief. Problems would disappear toot fucking sweet.
  22. BeastUnleashed Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 05:29


    He said Stone or Machine Gun. Not stoner machine gun.
  23. Horror Fighter Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 05:35


    I think Larry secretly loves MMA. It reminds him of the days that he spent at the Colosseum when he was a lad. I can't get too excited about Jesse Venture supporting MMA. He also believes that a controlled demolition brought down the Twin Towers.
  24. That_guy Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 05:37


    BeastUnleashed, trust me he said Stoner Machine Gun. He was referring to the American made Stoner 63. Stoner was one of the designers of the M16.
  25. Cuntalope Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 05:42


    "Ultmate boxing" "You mean Ultimate fighting" ROFL! It's MMA bitches. Also Larry Cunt says "They don't wear shoes" like it's a bad thing ahaha. Also "No eye techniques" wtf? Too funny. At least Jesse "Father Time" Ventura knew a little, though it was a tiny amount he knew some stuff unlike that dinosaur Larry Cunt, Ultimate fucking boxing lol.
  26. Seoul Brother Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 05:47


    @ Cuntalope: Let's not beat up on a withered old peckerwood like Larry Cunt. He's still wondering what happened to all the pennyfarthing bicycles, ribbon candy, and breadlines. This fucker is probably still bitching about the lack of adherence to Marquess of Queensbury rules. He's so old, his first job was proofreading the Old Testament.
  27. Dante Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 05:53


    the lack of funny in the last two post makes me wonder if both posters are named Gary. WTF
  28. RearNakedPoke Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 05:58


    @That_guy....i was refering to my Kalashnikov 47 (not a cheap "stamped" version from china) as my favorite of all my rifles and the the stoner 63a is in great shape for its age and usage. i didnt want to get to technical here for the simple reason most ppl dont know much about weapons only what they see on tv and movies. im a collector and its also my job to buy and sell ( i have a class III FFL) so i get my hands on some pretty neat stuff.
  29. Cuntalope Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 06:48


    Yo Dante you retard no one was trying to be funny, just laughing at the old jews in the vid you dumbfuck. Nice name btw, NOT! Faggot.
  30. UFC fan Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 06:52


    "Seoul Brother Says: Thu, 07/16/2009 - 16:57 @That_guy: Absofuckinglutely! You have to love a guy who is: a) A veteran b) A former Navy SeAL c) THE sexual tyrannosaurus from "Predator," d) A WWF veteran e) A well-spoke, admired former governor How can the press NOT love a guy like that?" AMEN. Jessee is the reason I even clicked on this link, he represents well.
  31. UFC fan Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 06:57


    hey cuntalope where is your homosexual friends 831 son and HAL? don't you 3 have an apocalypse to be at or something? fuck off lamers.
  32. PurplePickle Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 07:02


    No more firearms talk! It pisses off the Canadians. (btw RearNakedPoke, my dream ClassIII item would be a Sig 552. Enjoy your sweet ass job.)
  33. Cuntalope Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 07:03


    Silence! You are seriously stupid, we burn you everytime. Pwn the shit out of you and you're so stupid that you come back for more. Haha give it up dude, we have your number you dumbfuck.
  34. Walrus Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 07:12


    Strait up guy
  35. Seoul Brother Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 07:30


    I'd still love to get my hands on an H&K G11, but hey, that's just me. Ammo for that fucker has to be a bitch to get, tho'.
  36. lilpo0ts Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 11:01


    eye techniques actual fits perfect..gouging, poking, raking, spitting. did they even have shoes when king was a kid?
  37. Dojima Says:

    Thu, 07/16/09 - 11:20


    if you think The Body is a well-educated spokesperson of MMA for the older crowds, just wait until a few years after Senator Stuart Smalley(D), Minnesota finishes his term in the US senate...he'll be giving low self-esteem suffering fighters like Brock Lesnar Daily Affirmations and write books like Bob Reilly Is A Big Fat Idiot, And Other Observations and Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look At Kit Cope
  38. Bovice Says:

    Fri, 07/17/09 - 01:02


    @Jesse Ventura Word.
  39. Walrus Says:

    Fri, 07/17/09 - 01:13


    Al Franken's a jackass -- I despise him as much as that laugh-monkey Bill Maher. At least Ventura's a cool guy.
  40. themcgraw Says:

    Fri, 07/17/09 - 01:18


    to bad this cock sucker thinks we killed 3000 over our own on Sept 11th. Put on a Boa you ass...
  41. Cuntalope Says:

    Fri, 07/17/09 - 01:49


    Also wasn't this faggot Ventura saying MMA was fake about a year ago? Seriously, this guy is fucked, appreciate the efforts of him sticking up for mma but he's a loon.
  42. Komodo Says:

    Fri, 07/17/09 - 02:04


    Braddah mahn Venturaaah mahn...
  43. TheHuytonHandGrenade Says:

    Fri, 07/17/09 - 04:52


    Larry King doesnt even wipe his own ass anymore he shouldnt be allowed an opinion stupid prick. Jesse is a smart guy and we should take notice of him as he will shoot you if you dont. P.S. I wish i was a sexual tyrannosaurus JUST LIKE HIM!!!
  44. BuckWild Says:

    Fri, 07/17/09 - 05:34


    Looks like Governor Ventura is starting to get back into shape . I think its cool that someone of his ilk is backing up this fine sport ! Thank you Governor sir ! You are a true patriot ! hoorah
  45. Cuntalope Says:

    Fri, 07/17/09 - 06:45


    Ventura said that MMA was fake not so long ago, he is a complete tard.
  46. UFC fan Says:

    Fri, 07/17/09 - 08:12


    cuntalope learn how to spell you stupid wigger.
  47. Cocky Says:

    Fri, 07/17/09 - 08:43


    'The Body' was incorrect in saying that, in MMA once a fighter is stunned the ref comes in to stop the fight. NOT TRUE, if you stun a guy, you jump on him and finish the fight!
  48. itsgalf Says:

    Fri, 07/17/09 - 12:52


    Eye techniques? He must be talking about sharingan
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